The Beaches in Sant Antoni de PortmanyNicole Torres
As you drive southward down the coast into the municipality of Sant Antoni de Portmany from Sant Joan, the first beach you encounter is 1. Cala d’Aubarca or d’Aubarcar. This beach is very small, 10 metres long and 12 wide, it has a rugged coastline, high cliffs and is surrounded by pine forests and scrubland. I recommend this bay to photographers and birdwatchers as in the rocky cliffs nest endangered species such as the sea hawk. This little bay was a favourite for pirates.
Next is another isolated little spot called 2. Cala d’en Sardina (Sardin’s bay) situated between Punta de ses Torretes and Penya Vermella. Its steep and unprotected coast make it one of the most inhospitable and inaccessible areas of Ibiza, there isn’t much vegetation but you will find rare species.
As you keep bordering the coast you will come to 3. Cala Saladeta, 40 metres long and 25 wide, together with its big sister, 4. Cala Salada, which is 75 metres long and 20 in width, are part of the same u-shaped sea inlet, between cliffs. I particularly love the names of these two beaches, both names mean salty bay! Both are connected to each other by a path along the coast with a panoramic view of this magnificent natural environment. From these beaches you can see Sa Conillera, the largest of Ibiza’s small islands.
Following the coastline you come to 5. Cala Llosar or Llosá, a very small rocky beach of difficult access. Nudism is permitted on this beach. It is a historic site frequented by the early hippies and has incredible and very calm waters. You won’t find any bars but there is a very kind old hippie who sells cold drinks!
As we continue down the coast we come to Punta Galera or Punta de sa Galera which is an elongated promontory into the Mediterrarian and at its intersection with the mainland has formed a tiny creek, 6. Raco de sa Galera. This cove is surrounded by crystal clear waters on a seabed of rocks and seaweed, as well as underwater fauna. A great place for snorkellers!
Next we come to another couple of sister beaches 7. Cala Gracioneta and 8. Cala Gració. These beaches are characterized by their small dimensions (they are about 50 metres long), fine-grained white sand, being surrounded by pine forests with some edifications, the absence of strong winds, crystal clear waters and a very gentle slope.
After these you enter the bay of Sant Antoni. The first beach you will encounter is 9. Caló des Moro, right at the end of the Sunset Strip. It is only 45 metres long and I wouldn’t call it one of Ibiza’s most beautiful beaches, but it is a great place to watch the sunset from! As we follow round the bay 10. Coves Blanques is next. It is a natural rocky beach. This stretch of urban coastline is characterized a side slope of gravel, boulders and rocks, low cliffs, residential buildings and tourist facilities near its coast as well as a total absence of vegetation. There is a nearby old lighthouse you can visit.
Then we come to the middle of Sant Antoni, to 11. Platja des Regueró (the name referrers to the stream that has its mouth on this beach), but most people know it as the beach of Sant Antoni or S’Arenal. It is 650 metres long and only 20 metres wide. Its fine toasted sands, usually calm waters, and central position in this touristic area attracts loads of people. You can practice various water sports at this beach.
And our last stop is 12. Platja des Pueto or Pouet (beach of the small well). It is 190 metres long and 40 wide and has clear-coloured fine sands. I pass this beach every day to go to work, I promise you I always want to stop and rent a boat there, looks so much fun!
South of Ibiza Town, 1. Ses Figueretes Beach is located in the district of the same name in the city of Ibiza, this being the only fully urban beach in the city of Ibiza, it is therefore an unusual beach as most beaches in Ibiza are in a natural setting. The name of the beach comes from the time when it wasn’t surrounded by hotels and a promenade, because there were loads of fig trees (figueres in Ibicenco) in the area. This beach is one of the longest on the island, close to 700 metres long.
If you drive north of the municipality of Ibiza or walk to the very end of the Marina Botafoch Paseo, you will come to 2. Talamanca beach, another of the longest beaches on the island, about 900 metres long, with fine clear sand. This beach is great for practising water sports.
Both beaches are close to restaurants and bars, and are connected by a promenade to Ibiza Town.